- Welcome and go round - welcome new members!
- Summer catch up
- Support Coordination: Welcome home project – Trina Sexton has left York through promotion. Theresa Kouris (Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org ) might be a good new contact as a reentry counselor. Amber will check in with Amy and potentially contact Theresa is Amy is not already in contact with her.
- Check back in with TIC center if no one has a place to go. Chuck says he will meet with folks to better ensure they have resources if they have none when they hit the ground here.
- Resource Coordination: Need to check up on the re-entry guide (has been updated!), checking on whether a gender specific version has been created (Jackie will call Sandra to check on this)
- Support and Networking: Outreach- once we determine our schedule for the year, will develop a flier and flier the city: Library, bail fund, transitions clinic, TIC center (drop in shelter), Liberty, Project MORE, Fordd Clinic, Methadone programs, Sober houses (Pam)
- Assessment and Training: no updates here
- Advocacy: Still interested in speaker’s bureau around CT. Tao Foundation might be one area of support for this as they move more into support for advocacy for policy change
- Meet dates/times: This meeting was particularly low turn out. Mondays also did not work for everyone. One suggestion was to meet following the Re-entry Roundtable on the third Wednesday of each month. Jackie will contact Pastor James to see if space might be available to meet for this group as well.
- PLEASE COMPLETE THIS WHEN2MEET POLL REGARDING THE BEST DAY/TIME PER WEEK TO MEET FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS. IF FOLLOWING RE-ENTRY ROUNDTABLE WORKS FOR YOU (WED, 12:30), PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS IS ONE OF THE TIMES YOU NOTE AS AVAILABLE - https://www.when2meet.com/?7041778-nsIBQ
- Additionally – Doug Hood wrote in and reported that though he was not able to attend, but wanted to share the following updates:
- "Perhaps most know of it, but Heather Ann Thompson wrote an award-winning book on the definitive story of the Attica uprising, called Blood in the Water. --- There was another successful state clemency recently so I have joined with the public defender who did it and we have another case from York we are working on. Also I am working with an attorney in Hartford for a different case from York. Her petition was accepted by the prosecutor for a sentence modification hearing before a judge in late September--something pretty rarely agreed to. Hopeful for both. --- Wally Lamb's book of essays for the (14) women of York was accepted for publication in Spring 2019. For his final chapter he interviewed some ten of them about their reentry. --- I will look forward to the notes and next meeting. Best, Doug
- Other Announcements:
- Housing Not Jails: A True Story of New Haven’s Homeless Population - performance: Friday, September 7, 6pm @ Brgamos Community Theater
- Women’s coalition is also bringing in Susan Burton (Formerly incarcerated activist who works with other formerly incarcerated folks and formed the non-profit A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, where they provide housing, legal services, and advocacy to help women rebuild their lives following incarceration. She is on a prison book tour for her new book ‘Becoming Ms. Burton’) to speak for International Women’s Day, March 8.
- -Stephanie Covington coming back to present for 3-day conference in June 2019 through the women’s consortium (June 4-6, Standford Hilton). More information at www.covingtonconference.com
- Re-entry Roundtable meetings: 3rd Wednesday of every month, 11-12:30 Church on the Rock (95 Hamilton St)
- Priorities for the year to come: will await next meeting (which will be scheduled following the results of the when2meet poll) for larger turn out to establish